|Just to set things straight from the "off" its me(Theo) writing today's blog(I tend to ramble-doing it already).
Our second day on the Island was spent on a snorkelling expedition.It began with a light breakfast(not knowing how the sea and our stomachs would react to each other)of another Roti Canai(thanks Beth)and then onto the boat.
We were joined by a Scandinavian couple(8 month honeymoon) and a young Chinese couple. Our guide, a local man, did a great job of trying to keep us all happy over the space of the day.He promised us 5 sites and lunch at the fisherman's village on the other side of the island.The day was a bit cloudy and the sea bouncy,especially for our first stop - Shark Point!!!
Elaine was straight in - Shark hunting, while I floundered about in a life jacket.Once I got the hang of it, WOW, it was like being in an aquarium. To able to see such beautiful fish, in their own surroundings and not in a tank was absolute pleasure.There were all manner of sizes and colours that I wished I had a better knowledge of what I was looking at.
The second site was a small cove with quite a few boats already there. Again, amazing looking fish, plus the added bonus of a stingray, which I stayed well away from (woos).
The only downside to this was some of the other people weren't being as careful as they could around the coral.Which begs the question of should we(tourists)be taken to such a place.The other sites were deeper , so damaging the coral was near impossible.
Site Three was a quickie , inbetween the 2 islands for a bit of Turtle spotting. Didn't take long to spot when the water is clear and the turtles so slow.They are majestic, no other words can describe them.
Site 4 followed a long slow lunch at the Fisherman's village on Kecil.This was in open water and a healthy current,which wasn't as bad as I thought.This was my personal favourite because we were able to swim amidst shoals of fish as if you were part of the group.I didn't want to leave this spot as there was such a variety of fish and in such numbers that I forgot about the strong current, but my guardian angel was always there to make sure I was alright.
The final site was another small cove.Once anchored in, we set off not expecting much.It was like the others, beautiful.
Bugger me!!! I was stunned by what I saw, a HUGE Grouper.It was absolutly MASSIVE.
I nearly had a coronary.I've never seen a fish as big as that!! It wasn't the effect of last nights curry, Elaine had seen it too!PHEW!
I lay down on the coves' small, sandy beach to recover my composure.
It was a slow, and, uneventful journey back to Coral Bay and the end to a wonderful days' snorkelling.
You may ask why I've called this "Consequences".Well, even though it wasn't the sunniest of days we got sunburnt for our effort and no end of after-sun has helped.
Today has been a day of recuperation.